Wednesday 27 February 2013
Cadw is joining millions of people across the globe to support WWF’s Earth Hour, a unique annual phenomenon that focuses the world’s attention on our amazing planet, and how we need to protect it.
On 23 March, at 8.30pm, hundreds of millions of individuals, landmarks, businesses and schools across the globe will be plunging into darkness to show they want to help create a better future for our planet. Spanning a record 152 countries in 2012, WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that has become a global phenomenon, with hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights at the same time.
In the UK last year, over 7.6 million people got involved, joining 3,500 schools, over 230 landmarks, and more than 100 local authorities. From the London Eye and Houses of Parliament, to Edinburgh Castle and Piccadilly Circus, hundreds of the country’s most iconic landmarks also plunged into darkness. But it hasn’t stopped there. Support for our brilliant world has extended well beyond the hour, with thousands making an ongoing commitment for a more sustainable future, and the momentum continues to grow.
To celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour 2013, Cadw will be switching off all non-essential lights at the following monuments: Caernarfon Castle, Castell Coch, Kidwelly Castle, Llansteffan Castle and Tintern Abbey at 8.30pm on 23 March for the hour.
‘We are proud to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour and our custodians are excited to be involved with such a great and inspiring event. Everyone can make a difference to help protect our planet and we all have a key role to play,’ said Lesley Evans, head custodian at Castell Coch.
Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, explains: ‘Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s gone global. It’s all about people coming together to focus on this brilliant world we all share and think about how we need to protect it.
‘Hundreds of millions of people turn off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the planet; a visual demonstration that shows just how much people care about our wonderful planet. But more importantly, every single person who takes part is adding invaluable support to a global movement that recognises the importance of the world – and the vital way in which its seven billion inhabitants treat it.
‘However you decide to embrace Earth Hour is up to you – just remember that by switching off the lights at 8.30pm on 23 March you’ll be helping to show that you care about protecting the things that are important to us all.’
Everyone can sign up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2013. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour